AIBA Asian Forum in Jordan: mixed competitions as a part of reform strategy 

More than 30 Asian countries participated at the AIBA Forum in Amman, Jordan on March, 6th. 

“I am happy to see such a huge number of National Federations. We all know the situation with the outbreak of coronavirus. But a lot of you came to Amman and accepted the invitation. We all here are giving our best to our beloved sport,” greeted delegates AIBA Interim President Dr. Mohamed Moustahsane. He thanked Jordan Boxing Association for hospitality and their help in the organization of the event.  

The Asian Forum succeed after two editions in Panama for America and on Fiji for Oceania. As usual, the fundamental goals were to encourage good internal communication between AIBA and its member federation, to show reforms, and to hear questions, suggestions, and actual issues of the continent. 

“In the history of sports, any of International Federations had never faced the situation like we are. It is unique. And I must admit, at first, we were lost. We came to become candidates for leadership of AIBA, but we were not expecting to have such issues. We were concentrated on sports, not politics. And now we have to do our best to keep AIBA in the Olympic movement. Now we understand that only we, AIBA Family, have the responsibility and power to save AIBA”, claimed Interim President.  

He mentioned that AIBA is doing a “great job”, but “nobody knows” because of a lack of internal and external communication, to which AIBA is going to pay more attention.

AIBA Interim President also noted that the new Constitution should become an example of good governance. 

“The new Statutes will be one of the best, one of the most modern. We have taken examples from International Federations statutes and spoken to specialists and lawyers to make sure there are no mistakes. We need to have a transparent and simple Constitution. Everyone will see clear,” stated Dr. Moustahsane.

The key to success for AIBA was to creating new commissions and put their right people together. The Reform Commission focused on Statutes amendments first; at the same time, the Marketing Commission aimed to stabilize the financial situation and create a business plan. Both went effective, despite the fact, AIBA Executive Committee was urged to postpone the Congress until June 20th due to the coronavirus outbreak; AIBA sent the final Constitution draft to National Federations and signed the first sponsorship agreement. 

Joint work of the Commissions is also very fruitful. Both are into the new competition schedule for international tournaments worldwide. Also, they make proposals about the new unified structure for competitions. 

AIBA is planning to launch a mixed competition format with both men and women boxers. 

“We could have team events with male and female boxers. It helps to increase the number of women boxers and given the importance of gender equality,” Dr. Moustahsane said. 

In his closing remarks, he added that at the end of the year, he hopes “to make sure AIBA is reinstated and boxing Family will see a better future.” 

“I believe we need these Forums every year to evaluate what we’ve done and what should be corrected, to establish new projects and set goals for the next period,” added he. 

Also, it was stated that new education programs in AIBA are to be held on local languages to engage more people in boxing in the local level. AIBA website to be translated to all five official languages.  

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Fiji receives Boxing Academy after AIBA Forum in Oceania

The second 2020 AIBA Forum was held in the city of Nadi, Fiji, on February 22nd. In total, 16 out of 17 Oceanian National Federations attended the event. New Boxing Academy on Fiji and development programs for Oceania’s coaches and officials are the main results of the meeting.

The forum was led by AIBA Interim President Dr. Mohamed Moustahsane and AIBA Marketing Commission chairman Mr. Umar Kremlev in the presence of Permanent secretary Youth&Sports of Fiji Mr. Jone Nemani Maretino, OCBC President Mr. Ted Tanner, Boxing Fiji President Mr. Manasa Baravilala and ONOC President Dr. Robin Mitchell.

Dr Moustahsane, who also lead African Boxing Confederation (AFBC), noted that Oceania has a lot of common challenges with his continent.

“I came from sports, not politics. I started my boxing career as a ringside doctor. And it took me ten years to come at the international level. I came from Africa, and here I feel like in a second home. We have similar challenges in Africa. And we need to discuss your issues. Solutions can’t come immediately from AIBA, and it comes from our united work. We need all the National Federations to be active”, said he.

EVERY NF WILL RECEIVE ASSISTANCE

Mr Kremlev stated that each country would be provided with necessary help.

“As Marketing Commission chairman, I was responsible for coming and seeing myself what is going on here. We need to make a plan and help with the development of boxing. We will do a big marketing program and help each National Federation. We can make boxing and AIBA stronger only together. Previous AIBA leadership was thinking about how to earn money. Today AIBA helps National Federations. We should make decisions together”.

He added that the format of next Forums, which becomes annual, will last 2-3 days with various seminars for R&J, coaches, and marketing specialists. The final day should be devoted to a boxing show.

“We will build Boxing Academy on Fiji, which becomes the center of Oceanian boxing. All the education programs would be free of charge,» stated Mr. Kremlev.

He also said AIBA would assist all the continents and national federations who need help for development. Oceania would be granted 100,000 USD to launch necessary education programs for coaches and officials.

THIS IS A “NEW, NEW AIBA”

Mr. Baravilala noted that it is an “honor” to host AIBA President and AIBA Marketing Commission chairman.

“We are very grateful. It is the first time in history we get to speak directly to the leadership, and it never happened before. For us, it is a big moment. And we are delighted because reforms are going positively. This is a new, new AIBA. And Boxing Academy on Fiji is such exciting news for us! Not only for Fiji but all the continent,” said he.

OCBC President claimed that this was “the best meeting he can remember” in Oceania.

“We are further away from AIBA Headquarters than any other Confederation. And Oceania is such a vast region. Distance from most east island to most west is like from London to Hong Kong. I think in 12 months, we could be on the way to solve the significant problem of the continent, which is putting on affordable international tournaments by using Oceanian based referees and judges and ITO. This is one of the big potential benefits of this meeting, “ said Mr. Tanner.

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Russia to host new edition of AIBA World Cup 2020 with final in Nizhny Novgorod

Russia became first country to host the new format of AIBA Team World Cup in 2020. AIBA Executive committee members voted in favour to approve the bid on the meeting in Budapest on February, 17th.

The tournament timed to coincide with 75th anniversary of the victory in World War II under the motto “Boxing for peace”.

Final is scheduled for October in the city of Nizhny Novgorod.

The best national teams all over the world will take part in the edition. This format will make boxing more attractive for spectators and sponsors.

At the very first time World Cup was conducted at famous arena Madison Square Garden in the New York City, the USA. In the final United States defended Soviet Union team 7-3. World Cup was held before from 1979 to 1998 and also in period 2002-2006 as a team event. The last tournament was organised in Moscow in 2008, when Cuban team celebrated the victory.

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Finalists are set at AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships in Ulan Ude 

All the finalists are set at AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships in Ulan Ude, Russia. 

India and Russia fight for gold in the light flyweight  

Indian hope Manju Rani fought against Chuthamat Raksat of Thailand in semi-finals. She won with split decision 4:1. The 4th seeded Demie Resztan (ENG) met 2nd seeded Ekaterina Paltseva (RUS). The Russian won on points with split decision 4:1. 

European champion Paltseva and Rani fight for the top position. 

Flyweight fight for gold is between Russia and Turkey 

Top-seeded defending champion Choi Mi Pang from DPR Korea surprisingly lost against Liliya Aetbaeva (RUS). 

Mary Kom from India claimed her historical 8th medal of the World Championships, but couldn’t make it in final. In semi-finals 36-years-old Magnificent Mary lost to young Turkish hope second-seeded Busenaz Cakiroglu with split decision 1:4. 

Aetbaeva and Cakiroglu face each other for gold.

Bantamweight medals go to Chinese Taipei and France

Top-seeded Hsiao-Wen Huang (TPE) had three unanimous wins on her way to the top. On the semi-final, she defeated Jamuna Boro (IND). 

Her rival in the final third-seeded Caroline Cruveillier of France had a victory against Mikiah Kreps (USA). 

Hsiao-Wen Huang and Caroline Cruveillier are in the final.

Featherweight top-2 are Russia and the Philippines   

Defending champion Yu-Ting Lin (TPE) made 3 unanimous victories in a row but couldn’t make it against Liudmila Vorontsova (RUS). The Russian won in a tough fight with split decision 3:2.  

Nesthy Petecio (PHI) defeated Karriss Artingstall (ENG) on her way to final – 4:1. 

Home crowd favorite Vorontsova goes to the ring against Petecio in the final. 

Lightweight prize winners are China and Brazil

Finnish star first seeded Mira Potkonen fought against Cong Wang (CHN) to reach the final and surprisingly lost 1:4. The Chinese was super confident at this tournament, although not seeded. 

Brazilian Beatriz Ferreira won against Rashida Ellis from the USA with split decision 4:1. 

Ferreira and Wang fight for the title. 

Light welterweight medalists are from China and Italy

Defending champion Dan Dou from China went to the semi-final against third-seeded Ekaterina Dynnik (RUS). In the spectacular fight, Dan Dou celebrated a split decision victory 3:0.

Italian Angela Carini met with Milana Safronova (KAZ) and had a split decision victory 4:1. 

Carini and Dou meet against each other for the gold. 

Welterweight medal winners are China and Turkey

Liu Yang from China fought third-seeded Lovlina Borgohain (IND) and won wit split decision 3:2. 

Busenaz Surmeneli of Turkey defeated Saadat Dalgatova of Russia with split decision 3:2.

The final Liu Yang vs Surmeneli is set.  

Middleweight triumph goes to Netherlands and Wales

First-seeded Nouchka Fontijn had split decision victory against 8th seeded Tammara Thibeault of Canada – 4:1. 

Another semi-final pair is Khadija Mardi, the only Moroccan reached medal, against second-seeded Lauren Price (WAL). The Welsh celebrate a unanimous victory. 

Fontijn and Price meet for gold medal bout.  

Light heavyweight medal deserved Russia and Turkey 

Two semi-finals pairs in light heavyweight were Lina Wang (CHN) vs Zenfira Magomedalieva (RUS) and Huong Ngyuen Thi (VIE) vs Elif Guneri (TUR). 

Magomedalieva won Lina Wang with split decision 4:0 and proceed to the final. Huong Ngyuen Thi (VIE) unanimously lost to Guneri. 

Russian and Turkish boxers meet in the final.  

Medals of heavyweight go to China and Kazakhstan 

First seeded Chinese Xiaoli Yang unanimously won Dina Islambekova of Kazakhstan. 

Danielle Perkins (USA) met with Katsiaryna Kavaleva (BLR) and finished the bout with RSC in the second round. 

Xiaoli Yang and Perkins fight for the title. 

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21 nations claimed medals at AIBA World Boxing Championships in Ulan Ude 

More than 20 nations secured medals at AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships in Ulan Ude, Russia. Top-three are Russia with 6 athletes, China with 5 and India with 4 boxers.  

Light flyweight medalists are India, Thailand, England and Russia  

The leader of the division Hyang Mi Kim (PRK) surprisingly lost her quarter-final bout to Indian Manju Rani with split decision 4:1. The 6th seeded, Rani made already two successful fights and now goes forward against Chuthamat Raksat of Thailand. The Thai had one bout more and in the previous one, she defeated unanimously Sevda Asenova from Bulgaria. 

The 4th seeded Demie Resztan (ENG) meets 2nd seeded Ekaterina Paltseva (RUS). Both had two fights before. Paltseva won unanimously against Rabab Cheddar from Morocco in the previous round. Resztan defeated Italian Roberta Bonatti with split decision 3:2.  

Flyweight medal winners are DPR Korea, Russia, India and Turkey 

Top-seeded Choi Mi Pang from DPR Korea secured a second victory and the medal for her country. She defeated Tsukimi Namiki of Japan and the next round goes to the ring against Liliya Aetbaeva (RUS). Russian lost her fight against Thi Tam Nguyen (VIE) but after the bout review jury has overturned the decision.

Indian superstar Mary Kom claimed her historical 8th medal of the World Championships and are on her way to gold. In quarter-finals, she defeated Ingrit Valencia Victoria (COL) and now meets with Turkish hope second-seeded Busenaz Cakiroglu who won Zongju Cai of China with split decision 3:2. 

Bantamweight medals go to Chinese Taipei, India, France and the USA

Hsiao-Wen Huang (TPE) had two unanimous wins on her way to the top. Her next rival is Jamuna Boro of India who defeated Ursula Gottlob (GER) with split decision 4:1. 

Third-seeded Caroline Cruveillier of France had a victory against Antonia Konstantopoulu (AUS) and goes to the ring against Mikiah Kreps (USA). The American won the bout against Dina Zholaman (KAZ) with split decision 4:1. 

Featherweight top-4 are Chinese Taipei, Russia, England and the Philippines   

In the most crowded weight class of this Championships with 36 athletes participated defending champion Yu-Ting Lin (TPE) made 3 unanimous victories in a row and now meets with Liudmila Vorontsova (RUS). The Russian won 4th seeded Jemyma Betrian with split decision 3:2.

Another semi-final pair is Karriss Artingstall (ENG) vs Nesthy Petecio (PHI). The only Philippinian who reached medals in Ulan Ude defeated Sena Irie from Japan 4:1. Artingstall won unanimously against Yodgoroy Mirzaeva (UZB). 

Lightweight prize winners are Finland, China, Brazil and the USA

Finnish star first seeded Mira Potkonen who made first RSC won of the Championships unanimously defeated Amy Sarah Broadhurst (IRL). She fights against Cong Wang (CHN) to reach the final. The Chinese unanimously won her previous fight against Namuun Monkhor (MGL). 

Brazilian Beatriz Ferreira danced after the victory against Russian Natalia Shadrina with split decision 3:2. Her next rival is Rashida Ellis from the USA who won second-seeded Sudaporn Seesondee (THA). 

Light welterweight medalists are from China, Russia, Italy and Kazakhstan

Defending champion Dan Dou from China defeated in her only bout Megan Reid (SCO) and goes to the semi-final against Ekaterina Dynnik (RUS). Third-seeded, the Russian had two victories in a row.  

Italian Angela Carini won against Ravven Brown (USA) and meets with Milana Safronova (KAZ) who celebrated a split decision victory against second-seeded Melis Yonuzova (BUL).

Welterweight medal winners are China, India, Turkey and Russia

Liu Yang from China had a tough fight with top-seeded Nien-Chin Chen (TPE) and won against her with split decision 3:2. Her next rival is third-seeded Lovlina Borgohain (IND) who defeated Karolina Koszewska from Poland 4:1. 

Busenaz Surmeneli of Turkey is on her way to success after won against Christina Desmond (IRL), but her next rival is experienced Saadat Dalgatova of Russia who defeated Oshae Jones with split decision 4:1. 

Middleweight triumph goes to Netherlands, Canada, Morocco and Wales

First-seeded Nouchka Fontijn had a unanimous victory against Lu Zheng of China and next round fights with Tammara Thibeault of Canada. 

Another semi-final pair is Khadija Mardi, the only Moroccan reached medal, against second-seeded Lauren Price (WAL). 

Light heavyweight medal deserved China, Russia, Vietnam and Turkey 

Two semi-finals pairs in light heavyweight are Lina Wang (CHN) vs Zenfira Magomedalieva (RUS) and Huong Ngyuen Thi (VIE) vs Elif Guneri (TUR). 

In the quarter-finals, Wang defended unanimously Fariza Sholtay of Kazakhstan. Magomedalieva won with abandon in the second round against Ezozakhon Melieva (UZB). 

Huong Ngyen Thi (VIE) progressed to the final defeated Krystal Graham Dixon (USA) with split decision 3:2. Guneri won Irina-Nicolette Shonberger of Germany with the same score. 

Medals of heavyweight go to China, Kazakhstan, Belarus and the USA 

First seeded Chinese Xiaoli Yang learned her first rival. Dina Islambekova of Kazakhstan won with a split decision against Flavia Severin (ITA) and became a second semi-finalist. 

Second-seeded Kristina Tkacheva from Russia lost her fight against Danielle Perkins (USA). Next fight the American meets Katsiaryna Kavaleva (BLR) who defeated Kavita Kavita from India 4:1.   

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Eight World Champions are crowned in Ekaterinburg, Russia

AIBA World Boxing Championships in Ekaterinburg, Russia is over. The eight World champions were crowned at the EXPO arena.

At the final fight of the 52 kg category Olympic champion Shakhobidin Zoirov (UZB) met second seeded Amit, the first ever Indian World championships finalist. Zoirov claimed gold medal after defeating the Indian by unanimous decision.

Olympic bronze medalist Andrei Zamkovoi from Russia met second seeded Pat McCormack from England in the 69 kg final. A doctor stop the contest due to injury of McCormack. After the two rounds Zamkovoi won with the split decision 4:0.

Three-times World champion Lazaro Alvarez Estrada (CUB) couldn’t grab his fourth title in the 57 kg category. The Cuban fought against Mirazizbek Mirzakhalilov (UZB) and lost in the final by the split decision. Mirzakhalilov holds the title.

Gleb Bakshi (RUS) hold a unanimous victory at еру 75 kg category against Eumir Marcial (PHI) by knocking him down at the second round. The Russian holds the first World championship title in his career.

Defending World champion Andy Cruz Gomez from Cuba challenged Keyshawn Davis (USA) in the category of the 63 kg. Cuban was stronger in this spectacular fight and he deserved the second World championship gold in his career.

Russian European Games champion Muslim Gadzhimagomedov (RUS) fought in 91 kg category final against Julio Cesar Castillo Torres (ECU). Gadzhimagomedov won unanimously in front of the home crowd and claimed his first major title.

Bekzad Nurdauletov (KAZ) went to the ring against Dilshodbek Ruzmetov (UZB). In the thrilling fight Nurdauletov won unanimously and claimed the first gold medal for his country on this tournament.

First seeded super heavyweight boxer Kamshybek Kunkabayev (KAZ) faced Bakhodir Jalolov from Uzbekistan. Experienced Jalolov claimed gold medal unanimously by defeating his rival from Kazakhstan. This is his first gold medal but the second one at the World championship overall: before he was a bronze medalist in Doha 2015.

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Lazaro Alvarez is one step closer to his fourth title at AIBA World Boxing Championships

The remaining four weight categories finalists are set at AIBA World Boxing Championships in Ekaterinburg, Russia.

Featherweight medals go to Cuba and Uzbekistan

Three-times World champion Lazaro Alvarez Estrada (CUB) is on the way to his fourth title. The Cuban fought against Peter McGrail (ENG) and won in the spectacular fight scored 4:1. Mirazizbek Mirzakhalilov (UZB) performed a beautiful fight against Tsenbaatar Erdenebat (MGL) but lost unanimously. For the gold medal Uzbek fights against Cuban.

Welterweight medal holders are Russia and England

Olympic bronze medalist Andrei Zamkovoi (RUS) unanimously succeeded in the fight against Ablaikhan Zhussupov (KAZ) and delighted the home crowd. He meets second seeded Pat McCormack from England who defeated Bobo-Usmon Baturov (UZB).

Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan are semi-finalists of the light heavyweight

Light heavyweight star top seeded Julio La Cruz surprisingly lost to Bekzad Nurdauletov (KAZ) who knocked him down during the bout. Uzbek Dilshodbek Ruzmetov successfully challenged Benjamin Whittaker (ENG). In the final he meets the Kazakh athlete.

Super heavyweight top-2 are from Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan

First-seeded Kamshybek Kunkabayev (KAZ) won against Justis Huni from Australia with the walkover. Bakhodir Jalolov from Uzbekistan fought against Russian Maksim Babanin and swept to a unanimous victory. In the super heavyweight final Kazakhstan fights versus Uzbekistan.

Finals start on September the 21st, at 19:00 local time (GMT+5).

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Amit of India for the first time in the country’s history progressed into the finals of AIBA World Boxing Championships

First finalists are set at AIBA World Boxing Championships in Ekaterinburg, Russia. The crowd greets every finalist and supports boxers in the spectacular fights.

Flyweight finalists – Uzbekistan and India

Billal Bennama from France met with the Olympic champion Shakhobidin Zoirov (UZB). Bennama has already won against the Commonwealth Games champion Galal Yafai from England who defeated the top seeded defending champion Yosvany Veitia. This time he didn’t succeed though. Zoirov was stronger and proceeded into the final.

The other semi-final participants of the flyweight division were second seeded Indian Amit and Saken Bibossinov of Kazakhstan. Amit succeeded with the split decision 3:2 and became the first ever Indian World championships finalist. He meets with Zoirov to fight for the gold medal.

Light Welterweight medal winners are Cuba and the USA

Defending World champion Andy Cruz Gomez from Cuba swept the victory against Indian Manish Kaushik who claimed a bronze medal.

Third seeded European Games champion Hovhannes Bachkov from Armenia lost in a tough fight to Keyshawn Davis (USA). The winner who was the only American boxer who went to the semi-finals scored 4:1.

Middleweight medals go to Russia and Philippines

Russian Gleb Bakshi hold a bright victory against Brazilian Hebert Da Conceicao and progressed into the final after the previous success against Cuban.

The champion of Asia Tursynbay Kulakhmet (KAZ) had unexpected loss to Eumir Marcial (PHI). Philippinean won unanimously.

Top-2 heavyweight nations are Russia and Ecuador

Bulgarian Radoslav Pantaleev after he unanimously beat Cuban defending World champion Erislandi Savon met with Muslim Gadzhimagomedov (RUS). Russian European Games champion was a tough rival for the strong-hearted Bulgarian, and Pantaleev lost remaining bronze medalist.

Julio Cesar Castillo Torres made a sensation by defeating the Olympic silver medalist Vassily Levit (KAZ) scored 3:2. Gadzhimagomedov and Castillo Torres meets against each other for a gold medal fight.

Next four weight classes are scheduled in the evening session.

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First four weight classes semi-finalists are set at AIBA World Boxing Championships in Ekaterinburg 

The first four semi-final pairs are set at AIBA World Boxing Championships in Ekaterinburg, Russia. The evening session today will determine the next semi-finalists. 

Flyweight semi-finalists are France, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and India 

After defeating Cuban first-seeded rival Galal Yafai from England was not able to succeed. He lost unanimously to Billal Bennama from France. Shakhobidin Zoirov (UZB) demonstrated a spectacular fight against Daniel Asenov and celebrated his 5:0 victory that leads him to the final. Bennama and Zoirov will fight against each other in a semi-final. 

Other semi-final participants of the flyweight division are Indian Amit and Saken Bibossinov of Kazakhstan. Before Bibossinov defeated Artur Hovhannisyan (ARM) and the Indian won against Carlo Paalam from Philippines.  

Light Welterweight medal winners are Cuba, India, Armenia and the USA 

Defending World champion Andy Cruz Gomez from Cuba unanimously swept the victory over the Youth Olympic champion Ilya Popov from Russia. To proceed to the finals the winner needs to defend against Indian Manish Kaushik. 

Third seeded European Games champion Hovhannes Bachkov from Armenia progressed to the semi-finals winning against Leonel De Los Santos from Dominican Republic. Second seeded defending World champion Sofiane Oumiha from France lost to Keyshawn Davis (USA). The American will challenge Bachkov to continue to the next round.

Middleweight medals go to Russia, Brazil, Kazakhstan and Philippines 

Russian Gleb Bakshi hold an unexpected victory against Arlen Lopez (CUB) with the split decision 3:2. In the next round he meets Brazilian Hebert Da Conceicao, who defeated Salvatore Cavallaro (ITA) 4:1.       

“Of course, Cuban athletes are dangerous. Today I was fighting against the Olympic champion. His titles represents him well enough. But to be honest he didn’t surprise me a single time. During the preparation for this fight we learned most of his previous fights and I knew how he will be acting. I had a certain strategy for this fight but followed it only to 90%, so there were few mistakes. Every athlete has some secrets that are not to make public. Today I brought some light on a few of mine though. It’s a very emotional moment for me and I need to calm down now. But I feel satisfied at the end,” said Bakshi.

Tursynbay Kulakhmet (KAZ) set to the next round unanimously winning against Arman Darchinyan from Armenia. Eumir Marcial (PHI) defeated Seyedshahin Mousavi (IRI) and meets with Kazakhs for the semi-final battle. 

Top-4 heavyweight nations are Bulgaria, Russia, Kazakhstan and Ecuador  

One more surprising victory goes to Bulgarian Radoslav Pantaleev. He unanimously beat Cuban defending World champion Erislandi Savon. Next round the Bulgarian meets European Games champion Muslim Gadzhimagomedov from Russia who defeated the 4th seeded Cheavon Clarke (ENG).

“I’m very happy to win against such a strong opponent, therefore I believe that my steadfast character and a power of will made this happen. I was focused from the very beginning and had no doubts about myself. The right-time initiative and a well-chosen tactics of a close-range boxing was the key to win this fight. I knew with my whole heart that this fight will lead me to the victory,” said Pantaleev.

Olympic silver medalist Vassily Levit (KAZ) defeated Hussein Iashaish (JOR). Sanjeet Sanjeet (IND) lost to Julio Cesar Castillo Torres (ECU). For gold medal match Levit meets Castillo Torres.

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25 nations ready to fight for AIBA World Boxing Championships medals

The 1/8 final day of AIBA World Boxing Championships determined eight best boxers out of seven weight classes. In total, 25 nations have at least one representative in the quarter-final.  Top three nations are Kazakhstan and Russia with seven boxers, Cuba and England with six athletes and Uzbekistan delegates five boxers.  

FLYWEIGHT SENSATION 

In the flyweight contest a confident performance of Galal Yafai (ENG) caused a sensation through a unanimous victory against defending World champion Yosvany Veitia (CUB). The winner meets with Billal Bennama from France who defeated Vasilii Egorov (RUS). 

Bulgarian Daniel Asenov proceeded to the quarter-finals and meets with the Olympic champion Shakhobidin Zoirov. 

Saken Bibossinov (KAZ) defeated the third seeded Yuberjen Martines Rivas from Colombia and in the next round meets with Artur Hovhannisyan (ARM). Carlo Paalam (PHI) goes to the next round to be challenged by Indian Amit. 

BANTAMWEIGHT AGENDA

Three-times World champion Lazaro Alvarez Estrada had no problem against Dorin Busca (MDA). To continue to the next round he needs to beat Russian Albert Batyrgaziev who defeated Mirko Cuello from Argentina at the previous stage. 

Tsenbaatar Erdenebat (MGL) won his fight and meets with Kurt Walker from Ireland. Mirazizbek Mirzakhalilov (UZB) progressed to the quarter-final where he has high-class opponent, second seeded Kairat Yeraliev (KAZ). Indian Singh Bisht fights against Peter McGrail (ENG).

LIGHT WELTERWEIGHT FAVOURITES 

Third seeded Hovhannes Bachkov from Armenia proceeded to the quarter-final to meet Leonel De Los Santos of Dominican Republic who previously defeated Luke McCormack (ENG).

Andy Cruz Gomez from Cuba swept a unanimously victory against Zakir Safiullin (KAZ) and meets with Youth Olympic champion Ilya Popov from Russia. 

Second seeded defending World champion Sofiane Oumiha from France celebrated a victory against Bakhodur Usmonov (TJK). In the next round he fights against Keyshawn Davis from the USA. Wanderson de Oliveira (BRA) meets with Indian Manish Kaushik. 

WELTERWEIGHT FIGHTS

Top seeded Olympic champion from Cuba Roniel Iglesias Sotolongo fights against Russian veteran, Olympic bronze medalist Andrei Zamkovoi, while Rohan Polanco (DOM) goes up the ring to fight against Ablaikhan Zhussupov (KAZ). 

Second seeded Pat McCormack from England successfully challenged Lasha Guruli (GAO) and fights against Sewonrets Okazawa (JPN). Bobo-Usmon Baturov goes next against Zeyad Eashash (JOR).  

MIDDLEWEIGHT FIRST 

The 1/8 final for the weight category 75 kg took place one day earlier. There Arlen Lopez (CUB) proceeded to the next round after defeating Euri Cedeno (DOM). Russian Gleb Bakshi won a tough fight against Michael Nevin (IRL) and in the next round meets with Cuban. 

Tursynbay Kulakhmet set to the next round winning Javier Martinez from the USA in a spectacular fight. His next rival is Arman Darchinyan from Armenia who defeated the 6th seeded Andrej Csemez (SVK). 

Brazilian Hebert Da Conceicao meets with the 4th seeded Salvatore Cavallaro. And for Seyedshahin Mousavi (IRI) the next rival is Eumir Marcial (PHI). 

LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT STARS

Light heavyweight star Julio La Cruz faces Russian Georgii Kushitashvili who defeated strong opponent from Belarus, while Bekzad Nurdauletov (KAZ) tries to deal with Bayram Malkan from Turkey. 

Second seeded Loren Alfonso Dominguez from Azerbaijan meets Uzbek Dilshodbek Ruzmetov. Benjamin Whittaker’s (ENG) rival is Jerome Joseph-Pampellone. 

HEAVYWEIGHT BATTLES 

Cuban defending World champion Erislandi Savon beat Alexander Bwambale from Sweden and fights against Radoslav Pantaleev from Bulgaria in the quarter-finals. 

European Games champion from Russia Muslim Gadzhimagomedov won against David Nyika (NZL) and in the next round he faces the 4th seeded Cheavon Clarke (ENG).

Olympic silver medalist Vassily Levit (KAZ) defeated Marat Hryhorian of Ukraine. His next rival is Hussein Iashaish (JOR).

Second seeded Sanjar Tursunov lost to Sanjeet Sanjeet (IND) with the split decision 1:4. In the next round Indian meets Julio Cesar Castillo Torres (ECU).   

SUPER HEAVYWEIGHT AS DESSERT 

Finally, super heavyweight fights were scheduled last. First seeded Kamshybek Kunkabayev (KAZ) fights against Nelvie Tiafack from Germany. Mahammad Abdullayev from Azerbaijan’s opponent is Justis Huni from Australia. 

England Frazer Edward Clarke meets with Russian Maksim Babanin. Richard Torrez (USA) rival is Bakhodir Jalolov from Uzbekistan.

Quarter-finals are scheduled on September 18.

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